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Obituary request E. Verldon Coker, died 2004

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Re: Obituary request E. Verldon Coker, died 2004

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Verldon Edward Coker, 85, of Oliver Springs, died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at
Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. Born Feb. 22, 1919, in Charley's Branch,
he was the son of William Lewis and Belle Cross Coker. Mr. Coker was a
lifelong resident of the area. He was a member of Free Communion Baptist Church in
Anderson County and attended First Baptist Church in Oliver Springs. He was a
50-year member of Black Diamond Masonic Lodge No. 625, F&AM in Petros, and a
50-year member of the Scottish Rite and Kerbella Shrine Temple in Knoxville. He
operated an Esso Service Station in Oliver Springs in the early 1940s. Mr.
Coker was a veteran of World War II serving his country in the Pacific Theater.
He operated Coker Bus Line in the early 1940s, which transported workers to Oak
Ridge for the Manhattan Project. In 1951, Mr. Coker helped establish Walls
and Coker Trucking Co. Inc. He was also instrumental in other various mining and
coal-related projects spanning over 35 years prior to his retirement. He was
involved in local real estate development and served on the Oliver Springs
City Council and in other civic projects. In addition to his parents, he was
preceded in death by a brother, Earl Coker; a sister, Mavia Leach; and by a
granddaughter, Catherine Brown. Mr. Coker is survived by his wife of 67 years, Irene
Robinson Coker; his daughter, Verldean Kelly of Oliver Springs; his son,
Eddie Coker and wife, Linda, of Oliver Springs; and by his grandchildren, Karen
and Wes Kirkland of Powell, Cindy and Dan Davis of Andersonville, Scott and
Cindy Coker, Eric Coker, Darlene and Steve Collins, Jeff and Sandy Kelly, Mitchell
Kelly and Ronnie and Suzanne Poole, all of Oliver Springs, Mike and Debbie
Kelly of Rockwood, and Cindy and Roger Bendure of LaVergne. He is also survived
by 13 great-grandchildren, Wesley Kirkland of Powell, Rodney Coker, Lewis
Coker, Kelly Collins, Phillip Kelly, Kristin Kelly, Shannon Poole and Morgan
Poole, all of Oliver Springs, Kristie Kelly and Taylor Kelly, both of Rockwood,
Allison Bendure and Madison Bendure, both of LaVergne, and Mary Catherine Brown
of Knoxville; a special nephew, Bobby Leach, of Andersonville; a brother,
Ronnie Coker, of Devonia; a sister, Pearl Phillips and her family of Devonia; and
by his sister-in-law, Verna Phillips, of Oliver Springs. The family would like
to thank the staff of Autumn Health Care and the Holbura family. The funeral
will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2004, in the chapel of Sharp Funeral Home
in Oliver Springs with the Rev. Robbie Leach and the Rev. Todd Johnson
officiating. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, at Anderson
Memorial Gardens on the Oliver Springs Highway in Clinton. The family requests
that any memorials be in the form of contributions to First Baptist Church,
Special Projects, 206 Roane St., Oliver Springs, TN 37840, or the Alzheimer's
Association, 2200 Sutherland Ave., Suite H-102, Knoxville, TN 37919. The family
will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
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